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Youth Programs

Youth Programs


Southwestern College's signature Y.E.S. (Youth Excellence and Success) Academy provides options for entering 4th-12th grade student(s) to enroll into a variety of summer academic and enrichment courses. Each course provides youth with a new and unique experience into a college atmosphere, and fosters their abilities to learn, grow, and build upon their own excellence and success. Y.E.S. Academy program areas include: College for Kids, Sally Ride Science STEAM, Career Exploration, SAT Prep Boot Camp, Writer’s Café, and volunteering. Y.E.S. Academy is offered through the SWC Continuing Education Office.

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Continuing Education


Southwestern College is pleased to offer our South County residents and business community a wide variety of interesting courses and programs through our Continuing Education Office. Continuing Education provides students with extended studies designed to support professional advancement and personal success. Day, evening, and weekend classes are conveniently held at the Chula Vista campus, as well as off-campus locations throughout South County. There are no transcripts or grades, many are tuition-free, while others require a nominal fee.

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South Bay Botanic Garden


Although South Bay Botanic Garden was officially established in January of 2008, its history really began in 1974. As a new college horticulture program, the garden started as an empty field, one greenhouse, and no plants. However, through the efforts of countless students learning the skills of planting and hardscape installation, the garden has grown into a park-like setting of hundreds of different varieties of plants.

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Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

The PTAC provides procurement counseling and technical assistance to small businesses in San Diego County, enabling their business clients to bid and win government contracts.

Propositions R & Z

Proceeds from the bonds of Propositions R & Z are being used for construction, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of facilities, as well as critical classroom and infrastructure renovations.

San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD)

CITD offers education, technical assistance and training services to firms doing business, or seeking to do business, globally.  Services provided include, but are not limited to: free or low cost import and export education programs; one-on-one counseling; access to international trade shows; opportunities to join trade missions; self-service trade assistance through the California’s Leading portal for international business. 

Small Business Development Center

For over twenty years, the (SBDC) has been providing small businesses with the information and tools they need to thrive and prosper in the San Diego & Imperial region. The Regional SBDC Lead Center is based at Southwestern College and is the hub of three primary service centers: the San Diego SBDC, the North San Diego SBDC, and the Imperial Valley SBDC.

Health First Fitness Club